Welcome West Point Staff and Faculty

The purpose of this site is to provide educators with helpful tips for teaching in both traditional and remote environments. Please click on the links below to learn more about each aspect of remote teaching and learning; some links may require O365 authentication.  Be sure to check back for updates! 

Getting Started

Time to prepare for a new semester? We got you covered. Start here for steps on getting YOURSELF ready: setting up your devices (laptops, phones, tablets, etc.), important links to bookmark for USMA resources and IT help, and a checklist for access to your learning and knowledge management systems.  Additionally, you’ll find steps on getting YOUR CADETS ready and recommendations on what to send in your introductory “welcome” email at the beginning of the semester.  

Technology

Wondering what technology is available to use at West Point? Start here to find a list of available remote teaching technologies (Hardware and Software) at West Point, a comparison of our two major Learning Management Systems (Blackboard and Microsoft Teams) for Teaching and Learning, and what cadet computer packages were issued to cadets (by class year). 

Organizing and Distributing Course Materials

Blackboard and Microsoft Teams can be used to provide students with materials such as readings and videos, as well as to set assignments and administer exams. How we organize our courses is essential to ensuring clear communication of our goals and expectations to Cadets. Look here for information and best practices on how to organize your course, set up exams and assignments, and distribute information to your Cadets.  

Creating Community

Creating an environment where Cadets and instructors are connected to each other, both in and out of the physical classroom, helps Cadets thrive. Creating a community, especially in hybrid or online platforms, requires intentional planning considerations with strategies like discussion boards, what “office hours” will look like, group work, establishing both in-person and virtual classroom norms, providing feedback, check-in schedules, and instructor presence. Look here for ideas on how to create community around your course.  

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning

While synchronous meetings allow for real-time discussion and instruction, there can be benefits to incorporating asynchronous elements into your course. Whether it is building in flexibility to the course, accommodating a “Code Red” or “Modified Schedule” day at West Point, considerations provided here will help you make the most of your course. Check here for planning considerations, tips, strategies, and resources for understanding synchronous vs. asynchronous teaching.  

Practical Tips for Teaching at West Point

Explore practical advice for teaching, resources and materials, new instructor information, reading lists, teacher assessments, and more.

Training and Events

The Dean’s Best Practices Working Group hosts training and events throughout the year. During the Academy Year, the Dean’s Remote Teaching Fellows conduct weekly Office Hours to discuss questions from faculty and highlight important trends. Additionally, periodically throughout the year West Point hosts the All-Academy Collaboration Sessions that bring together staff and faculty from all the Air Force, Naval, and Coast Guard Academies. Find the schedule, notes, and recordings of these events here.  

Contact Us

 

 LTC Ben Wallen, Chief of FLICR (Faculty Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, and Research)

 Dr. Mark Evans, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

 Dr. Steve Finn, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Suggestions for improvements to this website or best practices to capture? Please send them to Mr. Patrick Gill, Instructional Technology Director.